Sports to Play for Charity

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Last night, Onehunga Sports played out a strong 5-0 victory to not only topple North Shore based outfit, East Coast Bays, but to also secure the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division title for the second consecutive season. 

Sports coach, Hiroshi Miyazawa told NRFL Media he is pleased with the way the team handled the pressure over the last few matches and is happy with the outcome as Sports were crowned champions of the league.

“It’s been a very unique season in terms of how tight it was at one stage, we were up there the whole time to win it, but we needed to do the job to win it, but credit to our boys in the last few games, they played out a handful of very strong performances and I think a performance like today and last week was exactly the kind of performance we were looking for” Miyazawa said.

“There was definitely pressure on the final hurdle and the spirit wasn’t there, but when we saw we still had a shot at the title, the senior boys got together and we built up the same spirits we had last year and managed to pull out the top draw.”

On the flip-side, Onehunga Sports are set to feature in next year’s NRFL Women’s Premier Division, after pummeling Tauranga City AFC in the first play-off leg by 8-0.

The team led by former Football Fern, Katie Duncan are hoping to ride out the season in style after conquering the AFF/NFF Women’s Conference this season.

However, following a season of success for Sports, the club are issuing a match for charity in their final home-game of the season.

After losing a member of the club earlier in the season, Sports have taken action to express the fact that there are people to talk to within the community.

Club Secretary, Mark Bailey says the club is behind the promotion of mental health awareness and are are happy to support all charities associated with mental health issues.

“Sadly at the start of the season one of our Reserves squad members took his own life and it had a big effect on the club as the Reserves squad member was still at school and a talented footballer” Bailey said.

“The club has since promoted support for the Mental Health Foundation, made awareness of the Foundation in all of its match programmes and has cards/pin badges to give out in support of the cause.”

“Let’s not hide behind the figure of being strong and let’s acknowledge that at times everyone is vulnerable.”

Earlier in the season, Ellerslie AFC issued similar action, using the Ellerlise v Fencibles derby as a way to promote mental health awareness.

Onehunga Sports will take on Hamilton Wanderers in their final game of the 2018 Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division League Table:

Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division Fixtures:

Three Kings United v Eastern Suburbs AFC – Keith Hay Park
Central United v Glenfield Rovers – Kiwitea Street
Western Springs AFC v East Coast Bays AFC – Seddon Fields
Onehunga Sports v Hamilton Wanderers – Waikaraka Park
Waitakere City FC v Bay Olympic – Fred Taylor Park
Birkenhead United v Manukau United – Shepherds Park

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One:

Pride is at stake in the NRFL Men’s Division One, with the North Shore derby set to take place on the final round of fixtures.

Forrest Hill Milford United will square up against runners-up, North Shore United, to see who will be crowned kings of the North Shore.

With a point to prove after missing out on promotion, Forrest Hill will seek to finish up their season on a high at Becroft Park on Saturday.

Paul Harkness’ men however, have their own ambitions and with the man in charge stepping down from his post at the conclusion of this season, the club see nothing more special than sending off the coach with a nice win in the local derby.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One League Table:

Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Fixtures:

Ellerslie AFC v Tauranga City AFC – Michaels Ave Reserve
Melville United v Mt Albert Ponsonby AFC – Gower Park
Waitemata v Fencibles United – McLeod Park
Forrest Hill Milford United v North Shore United – Becroft Park
Hibiscus Coast AFC v Manurewa AFC – Stanmore Bay Park

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two:

A serious relegation battle is taking place on the final day with Northland FC, Te Atatu, Onehunga Mangere United and Papakura City all fighting to keep their place in next year’s NRFL Men’s Division Two.

Te Atatu will head north and will face Northland FC in what will prove to be a tight encounter as the West Auckland based outfit, look set on keeping their place in next year’s NRFL.

Northland, almost safe, but not entirely, will hope to do enough to ensure their presence is seen in next year’s competition.

Onehunga Mangere United are set to battle it out at Eastdale Reserve against Metro FC. With Metro looking to finish as high up in the table as possible, OMU will certainly push them all the way for those all-important three points.

Papakura City FC will have nothing on their minds but a win this weekend when they face Albany United at Rosedale Park on Saturday.

Defeat or a draw won’t be enough to save the South Auckland based outfit from the drop, so Albany will end being pushed right to the final whistle.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two League Table:

Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two Fixtures:

Northland FC v Te Atatu AFC – Morningside Park
Takapuna AFC v Cambridge FC – Taharoto Park
Metro FC v Onehunga Mangere United – Eastdale Reserve
Bucklands Beach AFC v Claudelands Rovers – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Albany United v Papakura City FC – Rosedale Park
Franklin United v Ngongotaha AFC – Bledisloe Park

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm